The FAA today published a list of the NDB approaches it intends to cancel in its ongoing actions to cut costs. According to the FAA, it will save approximately $19,000.00 per year for each cancelled approach. The NDB’s being eliminated are apparently either unnecessary or redundant of other navigational aids. Additionally, the money saved will supposedly allow the FAA to focus on satellite navigation (GPS) to a greater extent. However, with its pending budgetary crisis, it is questionable how the money being saved will be actually be re-allocated at the end of the day.
For a listing of the approaches being cancelled, you can review the Final Rule containing the approaches being cancelled here.